555-Hour Massage Certificate: Western Focus

Most massage therapy practiced in the United States is based in Swedish or western massage. Practitioners of western massage usually use a lubricant to work directly on the client’s skin, utilizing various strokes to manipulate soft tissues. This treatment engages the muscular, cardiovascular and nervous systems to reduce pain and tissue tightness, enhance circulation and promote general relaxation.

Western Massage Focus students take 180 hours of hands-on classes concentrated on learning Swedish massage techniques. This is the basic field of study covered in the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists practical examination. Another 210 hours of training is devoted to health sciences. The remainder of classes encompass practice development skills and 70 hours of electives.

The program has been approved by the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists and the Washington Department of Health Board of Massage. OSM is approved by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork for training certification and as a continuing education provider.

555-Hour Shared Core Curriculum

Shared Core classes are those that are taken by students pursuing either the Western or Eastern Focus program.

Health SciencesHours
Anatomy & Physiology I30
Anatomy & Physiology II30
Anatomy & Physiology III30
Kinesiology Upper Body30
Kinesiology Lower Body30
Pathology I30
Pathology II30
Bodywork
Massage Fundamentals45
Massage Upper Body30
Massage Lower Body30
Shiatsu I30
Hydrotherapy15
Practice Development
Communication and Ethics30
Business of Massage15
Statutes5

Western Focus Curriculum

The courses below are unique to the Western Focus program.

CoursesHours
Massage Assessment & App.30
Swedish Clinic45
Bodywork Electives70
555 Hours

Planning Guide-Western Focus

For course descriptions of required classes, click here.

Massage Training Previews

Previews help you make a sound decision about choosing a career in massage by outlining the time, finances and energy needed for training. Oregon licensing and career opportunities are discussed. There is no cost to attend.

Next Dates:
Tuesday, May 23: 6:30-8:30pm - PORTLAND
Thursday, June 8: 6:30-8:30pm - SALEM

To reserve a seat, contact:
PORTLAND - Nicole Spears, 800-844-3420 or  E-mail SALEM - Janet Burkhart, 877-588-8912 or  E-mail

Chiropractic Assistant Training

Spine Model Jun 3-4, 12CEs
Sat-Sun, 9am-4pm - $240
SALEM CAMPUS



Chiropractic Assistant Training prepares students for the CCA certification exam. You must apply for exam within 60 days of training.. more on Chiro Assistant Training.

To register, please call 1-800-844-3420.

Pregnancy Massage Classes

These classes are part of the PREGNANCY: MotherTouch™ Maternity Massage at Oregon School of Massage. Classes are held at our Portland Campus.

Pregnancy Massage: Fundamentals Jun 2, Fri 9am-6pm - 8 CEs, $185

Pregnancy Massage & Acupressure for Birth Jun 1, Fri 1-5:30pm - 4.5 CEs, $125

Pregnancy Massage: Bodywork for the New Mother Jun 10, Sat 9am-6pm - 8 CEs, $185

To register, please call 1-800-844-3420.